Orbis International is a nonprofit organization that works in developing countries to save sight. Orbis prevents and treats blindness through hands-on training, public health education, improved access to quality eye care, advocacy and partnerships with local healthcare organizations.
The gift of sight is priceless, life-changing and at the heart of what we do. Orbis works in some of the world’s most under-served areas to deliver sight by strengthening local eye care institutions, training staff, introducing ophthalmic technology, advocating for supportive policies and increasing public awareness about eye health. Since 1982, Orbis has been a pioneer in the prevention and treatment of blindness and visual impairment and has worked in 92 countries. We work in collaboration with local partners including hospitals, universities, government agencies and ministries of health to provide hands-on ophthalmology training, strengthen healthcare infrastructure and advocate for supportive policies. We manage a team of over 400 world-leading medical volunteers (Orbis Volunteer Faculty), representing 29 countries, who provide expert training to our local partners. The Orbis Flying Eye Hospital is the world’s only ophthalmic teaching hospital onboard a DC-10 aircraft.